Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, Anna Maria

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A visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Complex is a trip back into Florida history. The Island has a vast and rich history beginning with its earliest times as an Indian fishing camp, to the arrival of the Spanish in 1530, to the Island’s first homesteader George Emerson Bean in 1893 and his son Wilhelm’s development of the first tract of land along with “Fig Newton” inventor Charles Roser.

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society’s [AMIHS] beautifully restored complex interprets the Island’s history through its museum, City Jail, Belle Haven [cracker] Cottage and the Mangrove Walk’s indigenous garden.
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  • Fun place to stop for some photo opportunities on pine street. The old city jail is here. Around the back on the inside are little prisoner cut outs you can take your picture inside here. There is... 
    Fun place to stop for some photo opportunities on pine street. The old city jail is here. Around the back on the inside are little prisoner cut outs you can take your picture inside here. There is...  more »
  • We spent about half and hour viewing the small museum and grounds. There are various artifacts and signs that describe the history of the island. Who knew Fig Newton’s started here. 
    We spent about half and hour viewing the small museum and grounds. There are various artifacts and signs that describe the history of the island. Who knew Fig Newton’s started here.  more »
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  • Such a nice little museum! Though quaint in size, they have a ton of interesting pieces and information dating back to the prehistoric era. It's free, conveniently located, and it's a nice way to break up your (probably hot) walk up Pine Ave. Plus the "old jail" is located on the property, and that makes for great photo ops.
  • Definitely worth visiting. Amazing complete history of the island collected in one place. Our volunteer was extremely knowledgeable of the history and was fun to listen to.

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